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Family

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Author(s): Linck, Gudula
1. Family Structure In Eastern as well as Western literature, for a long time the three-to-four generation family living together "under one roof" was considered the typical Chinese family. This misunderstanding is based on the fact that Confucian and Neo-Confucian ideals were equated with actual realities. By now it has been established that during the last two-thousand years, the majority of the Chinese population grew up within the patrilineal core family, i.e. together with father, mother, and …

Disability

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Author(s): Linck, Gudula
Allusions to congenital and acquired disabilities are documented in China's earliest written sources, the oracle bones from the 2nd millennium BCE. Throughout history, sources confirm that people in pre-modern China suffered from chronic diseases, problematic dental deformations, impaired vision and hearing, speech impediments, paralysis of the extremities, and physical disfigurations, and that they largely recognized these disabilities in themselves and others. Two contradictory tendencies concerning the treatment of disabled people can be discerned hist…